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Play The Patriot Card

from the Toronto Sun,
And who can't feel good about the underdog Edmonton Oilers, who eliminated San Jose last night to move into the Final Four with their 2-0 victory in Game 6 of the Western Conference semi-final. So why, oh why, does the whole spectacle seem as flat as yesterday's draft beer to an outsider? The answer is simple. A lot has changed, and most of it for the better, in the new NHL but you can't change human nature. Nothing can overcome the lack of a local rooting interest. The television ratings might lie a little bit but, generally, they tell an honest picture. And that picture is that not many people are watching, outside the towns where hope still lives. Right now, hope lives only in one town in Canada: Edmonton. At times like these, the only thing you can do is play the patriot card. I know it's tough to do when half the players in the league are countrymen but only a few of them play for a Canadian-based team. And the only Canadian team in sight is the Oilers.

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